The period of gestation in the mare is about eleven months.
The female brings forth one young in the end of May or beginning of June, after a gestation of nine months.
In the first the novice is received and told to meditate on the three mystic letters; in the second, after a period of forty days, he is taught the titles of the 16 suras of the Majmu`; in the third, after seven or nine months (intended to correspond with the ordinary period of gestation), he is taught Suras 5, 6 and 9, learns the meaning of the three mystic letters and goes through a further period of instruction from his initiator.
Nor was it ever murder at common law to take the life of the child at any period of gestation, even in the very act of delivery (Mitchell v.
It breeds from four to eight times a year, bringing forth each time from three to eight young; its period of gestation is about thirty days, and it is able to bear when six months old.